List of Lentils, Legumes or pulses in English, Hindi and other languages

Glossary of Lentils, Legumes or pulses in English, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.

List of Lentils, Legumes or pulses in English, Hindi and other languages

Very frequently (almost daily) used lentils in my kitchen or every Indian kitchen

Lentil (and legume) is staple food in every Indian home. For my family, a bowl of dal is a comfort food and we make it every single day. Every household has their own recipe/version of cooking it.

Legumes/beans provide protein, fiber, iron, potassium and magnesium while containing no or little total fat, trans-fat, sodium and cholesterol. These can be a valuable part of any plant-based diet because they are rich in several nutrients and serve as a meat-alternative and contain the full complement of amino acids when paired with grains.

List of Lentils, Legumes or pulses in English, Hindi and other languages

Legumes which we love most at home (White chickpeas or chole is missing in the pic)

Below is the handy table that may help you. The first column has English name and following columns have names in Indian regional languages. You will notice the links in the English column. Those links will provide you the list of recipes made using that ingredient.

If I have missed any or if you know any regional language names, please let me know in comments below.

I will try to add other languages in future. Your help is greatly appreciated.

Bengal gram, split and skinnedChana dalChana ni dalHarbaryachi /chanyachi dalKadalai paruppuSamaga PappuKadala parippu
Bengal gram, whole (Black chickpeas)Kala chanadesi chanaHarbharaKonda kadalaiSanagaluKadala
Bengal gram, roasted and splitDaliaDaliaChivda dalPottu kadalaiPutnalupappuVarutha Kadala
Black eyed beans/peasLobia (Chawli)CholaKaramaniBobbarluPayar
Black gram, split and skinnedUrad dal, dhuliAdad ni dalUdid dalUlutham paruppuMinapa pappuUzhunnu parippu
Black gram, split and with skinUrad dal chilkaFotrawali adad ni dalUdid dalUlutham ParuppuUlutham ParuppuUzhunnu parippu
Black gram, wholeSabut uradAkha adadUdidMuzhu ulunduMinumuluUzhunnu
Chickpea, greenHara choliaLila chanaHarbhara
Chickpea, white (Garbanzo beans)Kabuli chana, cholekabuli chanaHarbharaKothukadalaiMudip ChenaguluVella Kadala
Cowpeas, redLobiaCholiChawliKaramani PayirAlasanduluVanpayar
Field beansValVal
Green gram, split and skinnedMoong dal, dhuliMag ni dalMugachi dalPayatham paruppuPesarapappuCheruparipu
Green gram, split and with skinMoong dal chilkaFotrawali mag ni dalMugachi dal
Green gram, wholeSabut moongMagMugPachai payaruPesarluCherupayar
Horse gramKulith (kulthi)KalathiKulthacha pithKutirai kiramGurraṁ grāmaMuthira
Lentil, pink and splitMasoor dalMasur ni dalMasurachi dalMassor ParuppuMisur PappuMasoor Parippu
Lentil, brown and wholeSabut masoorAkha masur
Moth beansMatkiMathMatkiNari payaru
Peas, greenHara matarLila vatanaPattaniPachi bataniPattani
Peas, blackKala matarKala vatanaKala vatana
Peas, whiteSafed matarSafed vatanaPattaniPachi bataniPattani
Pigeon peasArhar dal (Toor dal)Tuver ni dalTurichi dalTuvaram paruppukandi pappuThuvara
Red kidney beansRajmaRajmaRajmaRajmaYerra Chikkudu GinjaluRajma


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